Antimicrobial Resistance & Susceptibility Testing

September 25, 2019

This activity will provide a formal education in antimicrobial susceptibility testing and resistance. The education will also give more insight into the susceptibility testing used by the microbiology lab at Ochsner Medical Center. Since pharmacy staff do not typically receive formal training in these topics, this presentation will educate the staff regarding the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance that might result in an observed susceptibility profile of a resistant pathogen. Being able to do so will empower the staff to make more informed decisions regarding the management of resistant infections, especially at a time where there is a lack of agents and data for the management of resistant gram-negative infections.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians

Learning Objectives

Pharmacist learning objectives

  1. Describe different methodologies utilized in susceptibility testing
  2. Identify mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and how they can prevent an antimicrobial from functioning
  3. Infer possible resistance mechanisms based on a susceptibility profile and incorporate them into antibiotic selection and decision-making

Pharmacy technician learning objectives

  1. Outline the different types of antimicrobial resistances
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/25/2019 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/25/2019 - 1:00pm CDT
Ochsner Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
United States
Planning committee members and the presenter have nothing to disclose
Planning committee members
Kinsey Kowalski, PharmD, BCCCP
Ochsner Medical Center
Kelvin Tran, PharmD
PGY2 Pharmacy Resident
Ochsner Medical Center
Course reviewer
Katrina Harper, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, DPLA
Senior Clinical Manager
Kelvin Tran, PharmD
PGY2 Pharmacy Resident
Ochsner Medical Center

Joint Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Vizient, Inc. and Ochsner Medical Center.  Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation Statements:
Vizient, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 ACPE credit hours.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-19-191-L01-P
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-19-191-L01-T
Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance


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